The National Day of Nigeria is on the 1st October (Independence Day, from United Kingdom 1960. (and republic 1963)), 29 May (Democracy Day, return of democracy 1999). This day celebrates Nigeria’s declaration of independence from British colonial rule on the 1st October 1960.
National Day of Nigeria
The process to independence from British colonial rule in 1960 started in the 1950s. Nigeria demanded more autonomy and self rule. More power over time was given to Nigerians. By 1954, Nigeria became a federated state, with regions given greater control over their own affairs.
This was followed by the establishment of a federal constitution in 1959, which paved the way for Nigeria’s full independence the following year. On October 1st, 1960, Nigeria became an independent nation, with Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa as its first Prime Minister.
Likewise see the National Day of Rwanda as well as the National Day of Senegal and the National Days of Bangladesh.
Public Holidays in Nigeria
Here is a list of public holidays in Nigeria:
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Easter Sunday – Varies according to the Christian calendar
- Easter Monday – The day after Easter Sunday
- Workers’ Day (May Day) – May 1st
- Democracy Day – June 12th
- Eid al-Fitr – Varies according to the Islamic calendar
- Eid al-Adha – Varies according to the Islamic calendar
- Independence Day – October 1st
- Christmas Day – December 25th
- Boxing Day – December 26th
Note that some of the dates, such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. See also Tasmania public holidays on here.